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Sonic Drive-In approved for Poulsbo

July 22nd, 2014 by Tad Sooter

1370393911873350457sonic-logoThe Poulsbo city planning department gave the green light Tuesday for a Sonic Drive-In restaurant.

Plans for the much-hyped fast food restaurant were submitted back in April. The Sonic will be built at the northwest corner of Highway 305 and Viking Way, near the Highway 3 interchange.

Cascade Development Group LLC. is spearheading the project. Columbia Property Managers LLC. bought the corner property in June for $1.25 million, according to assessors documents.

Cascade principal Richard Ramsey said the restaurant is on track to open by the end of the year. Site work could begin this summer.

The 2,300-square-foot floor restaurant will include indoor seating – a new design element for Sonic in Washington. Roll-up doors will be opened when the weather is warm.

“On nice days it will feel like a patio,” Ramsey said.

Site plans call for 34 parking spaces, including 16 large stalls for carhop service.

The Viking Way parcel was originally approved for a gas station, car wash and fast food restaurant. Cascade filed a revision to those plans that included only the Sonic.

The planning decision can be appealed to a hearing examiner. Documents are embedded below.

This post was updated to include comments from the developer.

Notice of Decision Viking Sonic With Conditions of Approval by Tad Sooter

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3 Responses to “Sonic Drive-In approved for Poulsbo”

  1. Margo B Says:

    So if the site work hasn’t even been started for the Sonic yet, what is going in on Viking Way just north a little of the Fish Park?

  2. Tad Sooter Says:

    Hey Margo, There are a couple of projects going in on Viking on the north side of 305, including a new Kitsap Transit base and some small industrial buildings. If it’s on the south side of the highway I’m not too sure. I’ll zip through there this week and check it out for myself. Thanks, Tad

  3. Jeff Says:

    Did anyone notice they got the zip code wrong on the Property Owner’s address? Government efficiency in action.

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